Chi Rho Reflection for Week of February 3, 2002
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Feb. 3, 2002
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from ?The Road to Emmaus,? a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. This meditation was written by the late Rev.
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Read John 1:1-18
?And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of
grace and truth.?
In two thousand years the Christian church has not yet
comprehended these words. We have been taught to despise
the flesh. We are sure sexual and physical things are
inherently evil. We are embarrassed by our bodies. We
hide ourselves, even from ourselves.
Yet John tells us that the Spirit of God took on all flesh.
Nor did this incarnation of spirit stop at the neck or the
waist, but it filled every cell of Christ?s body. John
goes on to tell us that Christ?s flesh was beautiful,
filled with grace and truth.
God desires to fill us in like manner. God wills that
each of us should be full of grace and truth. Many people
have negative self-images. We look with disgust upon our
bodies. A part of our salvation surely must be a new
appreciation of the flesh, our flesh. When we consider
that the Word of God chooses to dwell in us, we can begin
to look at our flesh and our sexuality in a whole new
light. God?s creation is called good.
This is good news. How wonderful! What delight is mine!
Just think for a moment: God created all of me, calls me
good, and wants to use all of me. More than this, Jesus
Christ fully understands everything about my flesh and my
life in this world. God has come so near to me. This is
my good news.
Jesus, take my hand. Today, more than ever, I need to let
your truth and your Spirit fill me. Maybe some parts of
the world and of the church don?t understand your being in
my flesh, but I do, and that?s enough for me. I always
knew that you knew me; thank you for making it so clear
in your Word. Amen.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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